What does Desmond mean?
Desmond /des-mond/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced DEZ-mund. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Desmond is "from South Munster". An Irish surname referring to Munster, one of the five regions of ancient Ireland. South African cleric and activist Bishop Desmond Tutu.
How popular is Desmond?
Desmond is a very prominent first name for males (#581 out of 1220, Top 48%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4514 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Desmond for boys. Desmond entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #264 in the U.S. in 1992, and is presently at #329. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Demond. This name tends to be less frequently used than Desmond.